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Eurasian countries focus on fulfilling transit and logistics potential amid pandemic

Eurasian countries focus on fulfilling transit and logistics potential amid pandemic

2/26/2021

This will ensure better connectivity of territories, multimodality of transport, full-fledged digitalization and sustainable mobility of the population. This was stated by Emil Kaikiev, Minister in charge of Energy and Infrastructure of the Eurasian Economic Commission, at the 83rd session of the Inland Transport Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

The event was held on February 23-26, involving the UN leaders, heads of transport agencies and international transport organizations from around the globe, including the Eurasian Economic Union States.


The EEC Minister was engaged in activities of the high-level policy segment, where the key talking point was "Achieving strong connectivity for sustainable recovery and economic growth in the post-COVID-19 era". Along with that, Emil Kaikiev has stressed that the Commission’s Transport Unit takes on the task of providing "green corridors" for uninterrupted international cargo transportation. The EEC Minister noted that the Commission had focused its activities on measures to prevent the pandemic. Owing to joint efforts with national Governments to ensure economic stability, air travel between the allied countries is gradually being opened up and international rail passenger services are being resumed.

Emil Kaikiev informed that the Commission, jointly with the transport ministries, had completed preparing the draft "road map" for implementing the EAEU transport policy for 2021-2023. In the near term the Union intends to address issues of regulating mixed and container transportation, expanding air traffic and developing fast-speed and high-speed transport systems.

"Harmonizing national intelligent transport systems, information technologies for organizing transportation and introducing paperless technologies in organizing and documenting cargo transportation in international traffic is under a magnifying glass as well," the EEC Minister stressed.

 

Furthermore, he drew attention of the session participants to the fact that in December 2020, the Presidents of the EAEU States had signed the document of utmost importance, i.e. the Strategic Directions for Developing the Eurasian Economic Integration until 2025. 

 

"Implementing the Strategy will enable shaping a single economic space by 2025 and ensuring the Eurasian Union’s steady development to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals," Emil Kaikiev is convinced.

 

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The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is one of the five United Nations' regional commissions established in 1947 with the aim of developing economic activity and strengthening economic ties in the region, as well as economic ties between the UNECE region and the rest of the world. The Inland Transport Committee (ITC UNECE) is a body of the Economic Commission for Europe. The interaction between the Eurasian Economic Commission and the Economic Commission for Europe is carried out in accordance with the Memorandum of Cooperation concluded by the parties on June 28, 2013.​